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On the Hunt for 'Elastic Computing'

Grazed for IT Business Edge.  Author:  Arthur Cole.

The enterprise is quickly transitioning from the concept and design phase of cloud development to a deployment and operations phase. In many ways, this is where the rubber meets the road in that we will soon learn what the cloud can actually do as opposed to what has been promised.

Part of this proof-of-concept period is the idea of elastic computing. Can a cloud environment actually provide the kind of dynamic infrastructure that will allow users to pick and choose the operating environments, applications and data sets to achieve their self-defined goals?

HDS Puts More Skin In Cloud Storage Game

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author: Steve Wexler.

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation is extending its cloud reach with enhancements to its object storage solution -- Hitachi Content Platform -- and the introduction of an on-premises intelligent storage cache for distributed sites -- Hitachi Data Ingestor. HCP v4 adds  simplified and automated replication, more granular multitenancy and chargeback capabilities, while HDI is being called the new "on ramp" to HCP, a way to simplify cloud adoption by providing standard file serving access - NFS or CIFS - to stored content.

HP Pushes 'Instant On' Vision of Enterprise Cloud Services

Grazed from ServerWatch.  Author: David Needle.

To read some of the breathless accounts touting the benefits of cloud computing, you might think most companies have already ditched their traditional on-premises infrastructure and jumped whole hog into the cloud.

But the reality is that the cloud is better-suited to certain applications and, for compliance, security and other reasons, many enterprises aren't ready to transition their computing infrastructure to a set of cloud services powered by systems they don't own.

Oracle buys 10% of tech firm Mellanox

Grazed from YNet News dot com.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Oracle Corp bought 10.2% of Mellanox as it seeks to strengthen its presence in the hardware side of data centers, where the Israeli firm is a player.


Oracle already uses Mellanox's InfiniBand switch technology to build products like the Exadata database appliance and Exalogic, which helps companies manage cloud computing.


But Oracle, which bought the shares in the open market, has no plans to make an unsolicited offer to take over Mellanox, the companies said on Thursday.


HyperOffice Debuts Cloud-Based Project Management Offering

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Nathan Eddy.

Hurtling Down the Cloud Computing Path

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

Although nobody seems to fully agree on the definition of cloud computing, both IT organizations that consume these services and the IT services companies that provide them are convinced that cloud computing will cut their costs.

Amazon Offers One Year of Free Cloud Services

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Paul Mah.

Amazon earlier this week unveiled a new "free usage tier," available Monday, that opens the door to a year's free use of its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service.  New customers will be able to access a micro instance server, which includes 5 gigabytes (GB) of S3 storage, up to 30GB of data transfer per month and Elastic Load Balancing.


Virtual Infrastructure Shifts Toward the Cloud

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

Virtualization is not absolutely necessary for cloud computing, but it does provide the kind of resource efficiencies and dynamic infrastructure that make the cloud worthwhile.

To date, though, most virtual platforms have been deployed to meet more immediate concerns, mainly server consolidation, rather than longer-term strategies involving the structural underpinnings of the IT industry.

But that may be changing as the tech community begins to filter just about everything it does through a cloudy lens. And it would seem that the most crucial area for fostering cloud environments is the virtual layer.

Microsoft: Customer service to be cloud differentiator

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Liau Yun Qing.

In an interview with ZDNet Asia, Ker Wing-Dar, Microsoft's general manager of customer service and support in Asia-Pacific and greater China region, said his department plays a key role as "strategic differentiator" for the push.

Support is critical and can make or break a deal, said Ker, noting that enterprises feel more confident choosing a cloud service provider that is able to provide someone they can talk to when they have questions.

Big business and Intel set course into the cloud

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Rupert Goodwins.